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Travel, Love and loss, Life and death, Poetry collection, Nature, Essays, Memoir

Arcade of Memory
by Howard Giskin

“The passing of years seems a ruse of the gods, for only yesterday I was playing in the sand.”

Memory is a strange thing. A fragile patchwork of recollection. A dream that fades after waking. Arcade of Memory is a beautiful collection of essays, poems, and short stories that explores the notion of memory, drawing from the author’s experiences traveling throughout the world. Essays examine memory and the act of making meaning. Poems, written in the style of Japanese tanka, draw inspiration from global culture. Short stories use history as a springboard for contemplating the mysteries of life. This lyrical, thoughtful collection reminds us that our personal past is a mythical land, which can only be visited through recollection and imagination.

"A choir of voices emerges in the short stories, weaving in threads from bygone eras and paintings that come to life. Descriptions of characters’ desires, regrets, and delights emphasize emotion over objectivity. The result is dreamy work that imparts a sense that there is more to life than meets the eye.... Arcade of Memory is an in-depth literary collection in which beautiful places and thoughtful personalities, past and present, are engaged."

- Review by Mari Carlson. 5/5 Star Foreword Clarion Review

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Howard Giskin has spent a lifetime as a student of literature, philosophy, culture, and the arts—a solid foundation upon which to build structures in words. After teaching literature for 25 years, Howard retired in 2014 and is enjoying more creative activities. This is Howard’s second literary collection; Murmurings, a collection of poetry, was published through FriesenPress in 2017. Other publishing experience includes associate editor, The Phoenix Rising from the Ashes (FriesenPress, 2013); co-editor, An Introduction to Chinese Culture Through the Family (SUNY Press, 2001); and editor, Chinese Folktales (NTC Publishing Group, 1997). The author lives in the Philippines with his wife, Vicki, where he writes poetry and short fiction.


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